The Brisbane Heat have adopted a State of Origin-type underdog mentality as they bid to prove their doubters wrong by winning a third successive WBBL title.
Having lost stars Beth Mooney (Perth Scorchers) and Sammy-Jo Johnson (Sydney Thunder) in the off-season, the Heat were largely written off before their 2020 campaign even began.
A poor start to NSW hub life of one win from their first seven matches added to the belief that the Heat had gone cold.
But with their backs to the wall, Brisbane produced a stunning form turnaround, winning seven games straight to finish second on the ladder and qualify for Thursday night’s semi-final against the Thunder at North Sydney Oval.
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“You’d think they would have learnt by now from Origin,” Heat star Delissa Kimmince said.
“If we were to go all the way and win it, it would an unbelievable effort.
“We just had to keep backing ourselves and that’s what we’ve done the last seven games. We’ve really fought hard and just really tried to enjoy our cricket at the same time.
“People have focused a lot on the people we’ve lost and not the people we’ve had on our side. Everyone’s gone out and done their job and we’ve been able to get the results.
“That’s the most pleasing part. We’re not relying on just one or two people to win us games.
We’re a squad of 14 plus a few extras that are here.
“People wrote us off before we even came here. They’re worrying about the people we’ve lost along the way.
“If we could come out and show them that we’re not about two players, that would be a great statement.”
Among those to have already made a “statement” for the Heat is Laura Kimmince, who Brisbane coach Ashley Noffke described as the “Glenn Maxwell of female cricket” such has been her hitting in the tournament.
In one four-innings stint, she whacked 123 runs at strike rate of 251.
“The most pleasing thing is she’s usually doing that to us in the nets so it’s nice to see her come out and do it in a game,” said Delissa Kimmince, who married Laura in August.
“It’s so hard for bowlers to bowl to her when you don’t know where she’s hitting it.
“Spinners she’s reversing, pace bowlers, and she’s also got the power to go with it over the top of fielders.
“We get to see it day in, day out at training so it’s really nice to see it come out in those games and really fire for us.”
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